Atlanta Falcons vs Dallas Cowboys: Tale of the tape

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The offenses

Again, this should be a battle between Ryan and Julio Jones against Romo and Dez Bryant, but injuries have plagued the Cowboys. Bryant is expected to be out around 8-10 weeks, meaning Terrance Williams’ position becomes so important.

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Last year, Dallas was firing with Romo, Bryant and DeMarco Murray. Atlanta won’t have to deal with any of them. The Cowboys averaged 147.1 yards on the ground per game in 2014, the second-most in the NFL. Through two games this year, they’ve managed just 94.5.

The Falcons have committed to running the football more often this season with rookie Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman, and while it’s improved, there is still a lot of work to do. It will be tough to run the ball on the No.1 rush defense, and Coleman will likely miss the game with a rib injury.

Both teams have stopped the run game well this season, so it could come down to the arms of Ryan and Weeden. You have to favor the Ryan/Jones combination over Weeden/Williams.

Next: The defenses